Next in Space

What's coming up in space exploration

2016

End of 2016
First reuse of a Falcon 9 first stage
December 2016
Preliminary design review of Axiom Space's commercial ISS module
Late 2016
Virgin Galactic recommences glide test flights of SpaceShipTwo

2017

Early 2017
Blue Origin starts testing the BE-4 engine
January 2017
Selection of contractor to build Axiom Space's commercial ISS module
February 2017
First reuse of a Dragon capsule
April 2017
First launch of Tianzhou and refueling of Tiangong-2
2017
In-flight abort test of Crew Dragon
May 2017
First flight (uncrewed) of Crew Dragon
2017
Launch of Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission
2017
First launch (demo) of the Falcon Heavy
End of 2017
First test crewed launch of New Shepard

2018

January 2018
Pad abort test of CST-100 Starliner
Early 2018
Bigelow starts taking deposits from prospective clients for B330
April 2018
Launch of BepiColombo
April-May 2018
Launch of Red Dragon
June 2018
Orbital flight test (uncrewed) of CST-100 Starliner
June-July 2018
Arrival of Hayabusa2 at asteroid Ryugu
Mid 2018
SpaceX starts testing the Interplanetary Transportation System's Ship
2018
Launch of Tianhe-1
2018
First operational launch of New Shepard
August 2018
First crewed flight of CST-100 Starliner
September 2018
First launch (uncrewed) of SLS and Orion (EM-1)
October 2018
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
December 2018
First operational flight of CST-100 Starliner
2018-2019
Launch of Chang'e-4 and first soft landing on the far side of the Moon

2019

Mid 2019
SpaceX starts testing the Interplanetary Transportation System's Booster
December 2019
Depart of Hayabusa2 from asteroid Ryugu
Before the end of the decade (2010s)
First flight of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket

2020

Early 2020
SpaceX starts orbital testing of the Interplanetary Transportation System
Around 2020
Voyager 1 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020
Launch of the Mars 2020 rover
2020
Launch of China's Mars Rover
Around 2020
Voyager 2 initiates instrument power shutdown
July 2020
Launch of the ExoMars Rover
July 2020
Launch of Hope, UAE's Mars Orbiter
2020
Launch of the first Bigelow B330
2020 or 2021
Launch of Axiom Space's commercial ISS module
December 2020
Landing of Hayabusa2 back on Earth

2021

2021
Completion of the first Federation spacecraft
August 2021
First crewed launch of SLS and Orion (EM-2)

2022

Late 2022
SpaceX starts flying the Interplanetary Transportation System to Mars

2023

2023
First flight of the Federation spacecraft

2025

No earlier than 2025
Voyager 2 can no longer power any single instrument
No earlier than 2025
Voyager 1 can no longer power any single instrument

2030

2030
First launch of Long March 9

Far Future

In about 300 years
Voyager 1 reaches the Oort Cloud
In about 30,000 years
Voyager 1 leaves the Oort Cloud
In about 40,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 1.7 light-years from Ross 248
In about 40,000 years (from 2013)
Voyager 1 is closer to Gliese 445 than to our sun
In about 296,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 4.3 light-years from Sirius